New Books

Hooray, It’s Time for New Books!

It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means—time to overload your TBR with new releases! This last Tuesday in August is full of exciting titles. Topping my list of books to buy today are Diary of a Misfit: A Memoir and a Mystery by Casey Parks, Walking in My Joy: In These Streets by Jenifer Lewis (I saw a ten-minute author event with her and she made me both laugh and cry in that time), and The Dragon’s Promise (Six Crimson Cranes) by Elizabeth Lim. And don’t forget, the Bunnicula graphic novel hits shelves today! It’s super-adorbs and you should definitely pick it up. *stares intensely at you in carrot speak*

You can hear about more of today’s new releases on this week’s episode of All the Books! where Kelly joined me for a rare fifth Tuesday and we discussed the best books we read for this week and more, including Daisy Darker, Seton Girls, and Suburban Hell. And now, it’s time for everyone’s favorite game show: AHHH MY TBR! Here are today’s contestants.

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cover of Dead Flip by Sara Farizan; 1980s movie poster-style image of several teens and arcade games under neon text

Dead Flip by Sara Farizan

I hate to say it but…summer is practically over, my friends. This is a great YA book to kick off the fall and also give you some Stranger Things vibes. In 1987, Cori, Maz, and Sam were the closest of friends, spending much of their time at the arcade. But then Sam went missing. Now it’s five years later, and Cori and Maz are in high school. Sam’s disappearance has never been solved, and it has been hard on a lot of people. Then suddenly Sam shows up again—but he’s still twelve years old. Something supernatural is going on and it’s not finished with their small town yet. Can the group of friends, old and new, get to the bottom of the weirdness? This book is lots of fun and chock full of nostalgia! I was like, “I remember that! And that! And that…” (CW for racism, homophobia, violence, child harm, and animal harm.)

Backlist bump: If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

cover of A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland; illustration of two men with dark hair, one with a beard, wearing royal garments

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland

I am leaning heavily into fantasy reads the last couple of weeks, so I picked this up because I can’t resist a Goblin Emperor comp. And I was not disappointed! In this world of Arasht, the princes have the ability to taste metals with the touch of their fingers. Kadou is one such prince. After the shy prince is humiliated by the father of the queen’s child, he agrees to lead an important investigation to prove his loyalty. With the help of his handsome new bodyguard, Evemer, what starts as a look into a seeming break-in uncovers a vast conspiracy at the court—and some complicated feelings between Kadou and Evemer! This is a fabulous enemies-to-lovers high fantasy romance adventure! (Plus lots more adjectives but we’re short on space, lol.) (CW for anxiety and mental illness, violence, murder, and chemical use.)

Backlist bump: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

cover of Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires by Ben Acker; illustration of a mansion at night with the shadow of people in one lit window

Stories to Keep You Alive Despite Vampires by Ben Acker, illustrated by Scott Buoncristiano

Scary Stories To Tell In the Dark fans, take note! As I may have said, I am so excited about fall books and the upcoming Halloween reading season. So here’s a delightful new middle grade story collection! These are age-appropriate and still scary stories to delight readers of all ages. There’s ghosts, vampires, werewolves, beasts, hauntings, bugs, and more. Scary + funny + wonderfully illustrated = a new collection for a new generation. (Full disclosure: I used to babysit Scott Buoncristiano’s little brother when I was in high school. I haven’t seen him in over three decades, but I was unsurprised and happy to to learn he’s made a career out of his art.)

Backlist bump: Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu

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orange cat sleeping in a silver mixing bowl with its head hanging over the side; photo by Liberty Hardy

This week, I am reading House of Cotton by Monica Brashears and The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi, which is her first novel for adults! Outside of books, I have been rewatching Regular Show. And the song stuck in my head is “Am I Wrong” by Love Spit Love. I’m also into listening to music from the 1980s while I play WoW and I started a playlist. It now has over 900 songs and you can listen here! And here is your weekly cat picture: I don’t know how this can possibly be comfortable, but Farrokh loves to sleep like this.

Thank you, as always, for joining me each week as I rave about books! I am wishing the best for all of you in whatever situation you find yourself in now. And yay, books! – XO, Liberty